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* World Cup 2006 | 17.06.2004 Training the Champions of the Future
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
* Fifa offer olive branch to suspended Kenya
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
* SVG upbeat over Cup qualifying draw with Nicaragua
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Okocha to miss Angola clash
* Bonfrere set to coach South Korea
* FIFA no charity, warns Jordaan
* SCHOLES WINNING FITNESS RACE
* Sven: Scholes is England’s true diamond
* Major League Soccer: News: 06/16/2004
* Chukwu’s New Super Eagles
* Kenyan match officials withdrawn
* Canada aim to finish off Belize tonight
* Egypt want Mido’s touch for Ivory Coast game
* Arena makes three changes to US roster
* Haiti confident of beating Ja at the ‘Office’
* The Whole World’s Watching
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Leroy leaves DR Congo

World Cup 2006 | 17.06.2004 Training the Champions of the Future
Deutsche Welle – Jun 17, 2004
DFB scouts get computerized

The research project was commissioned by the DFB in order to help scouts find the next generation of German players. The scouts, more used to standing around rural pitches on rainy weekends while following up rumors of a rising star, are now being asked to expand their own skills by implementing the new technology into their jobs. The new approach to monitoring and training begins with a highly precise talent test which the potential young players have to take to advance further in the scheme. Armin Friedrich, a trainer with the DFB, told DW-WORLD why the talent test needs to be so precise. “Precision is crucial because we need to compare 22,000 players from 387 DFB’s soccer bases. If the test was any less accurate, it would be useless as a tool for scientific comparison. ”

Specific training determines skill building

Once the players have been assessed, those chosen as the ones most likely to progress with the right training are introduced to the individual training programs specifically designed to their own needs and requirements by the scientists at the Sports College.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
BBC News – Jun 17, 2004
A surprise score could be hanging in the air as Libya host Cameroon in a 2006 World Cup group qualifying game. Buoyed by their opening group match in the Ivory Coast, the determined Libyans take on an Indomitable Lions side missing key players and facing a series of administrative problems. Although they lost 2-0 to the Elephants in Abidjan, they almost caused an upset as the Ivorians could only score against the run of play. That the Libyans returned home conceding only two goals was a surprise in itself, as the talented Ivorian side is seen by many as having a great chance to qualify for their first World Cup. Their Cameroonian opponents could exhibit less than sterling form in the face of many obstacles.

Fifa offer olive branch to suspended Kenya
Independent Online – Jun 16, 2004
The suspension, handed down by Fifa’s Emergency Committee 72 hours before they were due to play a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Guinea, follows the Kenyan government’s refusal to reinstate the Kenyan Football Federation (KFF). The match had to be cancelled. Kenya’s next World Cup 2006 qualifier is scheduled against Morocco in Casablanca on June 19, however the Fifa meeting is not scheduled until July 9.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
BBC News – Jun 18, 2004
The Malians will be reinforced by France-based defenders Mahamdou Diarra and Cedric Kante, who were both missing as they lost their Group One opener 1-0 to Liberia in Monrovia a fortnight ago. This is Kante’s first international call up since January when an injury forced him out of the Malian squad for the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. Zambia will have to do without the services of striker Andrew Sinkala and midfielder Gift Kampamba neither of whom have accepted an invitation from technical director Kalusha Bwalya to join the squad. In Group Five, Botswana are hoping for a better result when they take on Malawi in front of a capacity crowd in Gaborone.

SVG upbeat over Cup qualifying draw with Nicaragua
Jamaica Observer – Jun 16, 2004
Emilio Palacios, who created plenty of problems for the visitors throughout the game, brought his team level in the 38th minute. Samuel then put the team from the Eastern Caribbean ahead in the 44th minute after a series of short passes between himself and Haynes. SVG, who made their debut in World Cup football in 1992, have reached the CONCACAF semi-final stage each time they have competed but have never won a match in that stage of the competition. In their last outing, they lost all six of theirs group matches against Honduras, Jamaica and El Salvador. SVG will get a chance to wrap up the tie on Sunday when they take on their opponents in the return leg at the Arnos Vale Playing Field. The 12 second-round winners advance to the semi-finals of the qualifying competition, which has three groups of four teams. The top two teams in each semi-final group will advance to the final six-team group… The 12 second-round winners advance to the semi-finals of the qualifying competition, which has three groups of four teams. The top two teams in each semi-final group will advance to the final six-team group. The top three teams in the final group will qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, while the fourth-place team will face an Asian team in a playoff for another spot. Talk Back

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BBC SPORT | Football | African | Okocha to miss Angola clash
BBC News – Jun 17, 2004
Zimbabwe, Algeria and Gabon are the other teams in the group, with the World Cup qualifiers also doubling as qualifying matches for the 2006 Cup of Nations. Only the top team will play in the World Cup in Germany while the leading three teams will contest the Nations Cup in Egypt.

Bonfrere set to coach South Korea
CNN – Jun 18, 2004
The former Nigeria coach, who has also worked in club football in Europe and the Middle East, has signed a preliminary deal and is expected to sign a formal contract next week, the Korea Football Association (KFA) said in a statement. Bonfrere was a surprise choice to replace Humberto Coelho, who quit in April after a humiliating 0-0 draw with the Maldives in an Asian World Cup qualifier. The 58-year-old’s contract is scheduled to run for just over two years and will include the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The KFA said that its selection process had been swayed by the need to have a coach who was available at short notice in order to prepare for next month’s Asian Cup in China. Their search for a replacement for Coelho had not run smoothly… The former Nigeria coach, who has also worked in club football in Europe and the Middle East, has signed a preliminary deal and is expected to sign a formal contract next week, the Korea Football Association (KFA) said in a statement. Bonfrere was a surprise choice to replace Humberto Coelho, who quit in April after a humiliating 0-0 draw with the Maldives in an Asian World Cup qualifier. The 58-year-old’s contract is scheduled to run for just over two years and will include the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The KFA said that its selection process had been swayed by the need to have a coach who was available at short notice in order to prepare for next month’s Asian Cup in China. Their search for a replacement for Coelho had not run smoothly. The KFA failed to reach an agreement with favored target Bruno Metsu. Negotiations with the former Senegal manager stalled over pay.

FIFA no charity, warns Jordaan
iAfrica.com – Jun 18, 2004
He said FIFA wanted to earn $2. 8-billion “to take home to Zurich” from the South African event. While he hoped that local suppliers could participate as partners on a second tier level, Jordaan pointed out that the World Cup in 2006 in Germany had appointed Emirates Airlines as the official airline partner and Hyundai the official car supplier. Jordaan described the World Cup as an earning opportunity that came only once every four years for FIFA. “This is a cash cow from which all activities in four years will be funded. If they don’t reach their target, they have a problem. ”

Jordaan further stressed the need for improved skills development between now and 2010, particularly in stadium management, media centre management and security.

SCHOLES WINNING FITNESS RACE
4TheGame – Jun 17, 2004
“If you think that you can only attack with everything you have, then it’s a big mistake as the Swiss are very good on the break,” said Eriksson. “You have to be organised, concentrated, and show discipline. Otherwise, you gamble and that is not very good to do in football. “I don’t want to see too many long balls, they should keep it. It would be very dangerous to under-estimate Switzerland as they have nothing to lose. “We must win and we will only do that if we show discipline, concentration and a great will. ” Defeat would, after all, spell elimination for England and Eriksson has reminded his older players that they cannot take participation in any future tournaments for granted… “We must win and we will only do that if we show discipline, concentration and a great will. ” Defeat would, after all, spell elimination for England and Eriksson has reminded his older players that they cannot take participation in any future tournaments for granted. While the likes of David James, David Beckham, Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Emile Heskey would hope to be involved in the 2006 World Cup, nothing is certain in terms of qualification and fitness. “The players are very professional in the job they do. They know this is a golden opportunity to have a very good tournament,” declared Eriksson. “If they don’t, they will have to wait two years and some of them might not be there in two years’ time. Many of them will be there, but two years is still a long time to wait.

Sven: Scholes is England’s true diamond
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 17, 2004
“If you think that you can only attack with everything you have, then it’s a big mistake as the Swiss are very good on the break,” said Eriksson. “You have to be organised, concentrated, and show discipline. Otherwise, you gamble and that is not very good to do in football. “I don’t want to see too many long balls – they should keep it. It would be very dangerous to under-estimate Switzerland as they have nothing to lose. We must win and we will only do that if we show discipline, concentration and a great will. ” Defeat would, after all, spell elimination for England and Eriksson has reminded his older players that they cannot take participation in any future tournaments for granted… We must win and we will only do that if we show discipline, concentration and a great will. ” Defeat would, after all, spell elimination for England and Eriksson has reminded his older players that they cannot take participation in any future tournaments for granted. While the likes of David James, David Beckham, Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Emile Heskey would hope to be involved in the 2006 World Cup, nothing is certain in terms of qualification and fitness. “The players are very professional in the job they do. They know this is a golden opportunity to have a very good tournament,” declared Eriksson. “If they don’t, they will have to wait two years and some of them might not be there in two years time. Many of them will be there, but two years is still a long time to wait.

Major League Soccer: News: 06/16/2004
MLS – Major League Soccer – Jun 16, 2004
United and at the University of Virginia, the Quakes veteran said he feels the team is on the right track. “They’re doing great,” Agoos said. “I think they’ll do very well in [World Cup 2006] qualifying. ”

Agoos, who because of a calf injury suffered in the World Cup and national team duty appeared in only 14 games for San Jose in 2002, missed only two of 34 matches last season and is one of only two Quakes to play all 900 minutes this year (midfielder Richard Mulrooney is the other). “I’m holding up pretty good, knock on wood,” Agoos said. “I’ve taken care of my body, doing extra things to make sure I’m physically ready for the challenge… My wife and daughter are absolutely great, and we’re excited about having another daughter on the way. ”

Agoos said it was because of Pat Tillman that he met Natalie. Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State football star and Leland High (San Jose) football and baseball star, was killed this year while on patrol as a U. Army Ranger in Afghanistan. “Natalie was a producer with ABC Sports who was [in San Jose] doing a piece on Pat and his family for the ESPY Awards,” said Agoos, who has a picture of Tillman taped inside his locker at Spartan Stadium. “A friend introduced us and the rest is history.

Chukwu’s New Super Eagles
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jun 16, 2004
For the good of football and sports in general, the mass media must turn a new leaf and stop misleading the sports authorities and the public. On the eve of Unity Cup tournament it was rumoured that the established Super Eagles players have boycotted the team and are therefore not likely to be featured. Soccer watchers began to wonder what has gone wrong again with the national team on the eve of qualifiers for Germany 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Apart from Joseph Yobo who paid solidarity visit to the team. Captain Austin Okocha and his deputy, Kanu Nwankwo and others invited never showed up. This lack of interest gave their bashers the nail to seal the coffin of their international career and boo them out of the national team as they did to Sunday Oliseh et al. Before anyone could say Jack, vituperations started flying from left and right against Okocha and his fellow “tired legs”… Did the players deliberately shun the invitation? Were they suffering hangover from the just concluded season’s engagement? Did they actually inform sports officials of their unavailability? Why would Okocha, after a decade and half in the national team, of all people cold-shoulder NFA invitation at the crucial moment? These are questions that are begging for answers. It is unfortunate that we are now witnessing the same mood that preceded the 2002 World Cup. The then established Super Eagles led by Captain Sunday Oliseh after heroically qualifying Nigeria for the football fiesta were left in the cold when the World Cup proper commenced. They were alleged to have been disrespectful to the so-called sports authorities, and for this reason national interest took the back seat. Ironically sexagenarian coach Festus Onigbinde was assigned by the NFA and sports ministry to hurriedly assemble a band of rookies who were paraded as fresh legs and stars of the moment. These brand new Super Eagles couldn’t fly anywhere. In fact they led us to the most disastrous outing in the history of our participation in the event.

Kenyan match officials withdrawn
BBC News – Jun 18, 2004
Football’s world governing body sent letters to the four officials, including the long-serving Fifa
referee, Maxim Itur, telling them not to travel to Kigali for the match. The news was announced by Hussein Swaleh the secretary general of the now-defunct Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Hussein Swaleh. Swaleh said Fifa has withdrawn the officials following its decision early in June to suspend the East African nation from all international football activities for government interference in the sport. Sports Minister Najib Balala dissolved KFF in March, citing graft and mismanagement.

Canada aim to finish off Belize tonight
Jamaica Observer – Jun 16, 2004
The Canadians, former World Cup qualifiers, are well placed to finish off Belize when the two teams meet in the second leg of their second round CONCACAF qualifying tie for the 2006 finals in Germany. Canada won the first leg 4-0 on Sunday at Canada’s Richardson Stadium, where the teams are returning for the deciding match tonight. Goals by Jim Brennan, Kevin McKenna, Paul Peschisolido and Tomasz Radzinski led Canada to the handsome win that sets the platform for the Central American team’s elimination. Canada, who qualified for the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, are the10th-ranked team in CONCACAF, behind Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Guatemala, and Haiti. Ten other second-leg matches are scheduled for this weekend – United States taking a 3-0 lead to Grenada, El Salvador 2-1 up on Bermuda, Nicaragua 2-2 with St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 ahead of the Dominican Republic, Panama 4-0 ahead of St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis 2-0 in front of Barbados, Cuba 2-2 with Costa Rica, Jamaica and Haiti 1-1, Suriname and Guatemala also 1-1, and Honduras 2-1 ahead of the Netherlands Antilles… The winners of these two-way ties will advance to the three-group semi-final stage of the CONCACAF qualifiers, set to start in mid-August. The top two teams from the three semi-final groups would then advance to the CONCACAF Finals (six teams) scheduled for next year from February to October, from which the best three teams will qualify directly to Germany 2006. CONCACAF’s fourth-place finisher will compete in a two-way play-off with the fifth-place finisher from the Asian Football Confederation for one of the last spots in Germany. Talk Back

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Egypt want Mido’s touch for Ivory Coast game
SI.com – Jun 16, 2004
"It is our duty to reach out and take the important first step of inviting those who represent global, national, regional and club football interests in Kenya to all sit together at one table," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter. "It is our sincere hope that an open and honest dialogue will bring about solutions — to the satisfaction of all parties involved — to the complex problems facing football in Kenya today," he added. General-secretary of the African Football Confederation Mustapha Fahmy and Bob Munro, chairman of Mathare United, a club from the breakaway Kenyan football league, are also expected to attend. All rights reserved.

Arena makes three changes to US roster
Jamaica Observer – Jun 18, 2004
Arena makes three changes to US roster – JAMAICAOBSERVER. Arena has added Pablo Mastroeni and the Kansas City pair of Josh Wolff and Kerry Zavagnin to the United States’ roster for the second leg in place of Conor Casey, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope. Casey, Lewis and Pope, all appeared in the United States’ 3-0 win in the first leg in Ohio… Arena makes three changes to US roster – JAMAICAOBSERVER. Arena has added Pablo Mastroeni and the Kansas City pair of Josh Wolff and Kerry Zavagnin to the United States’ roster for the second leg in place of Conor Casey, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope. Casey, Lewis and Pope, all appeared in the United States’ 3-0 win in the first leg in Ohio.

Haiti confident of beating Ja at the ‘Office’
Jamaica Observer – Jun 17, 2004
We are the underdogs, we know how difficult it is going to be, but we are satisfied (with) how the team is playing, and hopefully on Sunday we can get the result we are looking for,” he added. The Haitians, who are using Miami as their home base because of the volatile situation in their homeland, come to Kingston at a disadvantage, under the away goal rule. But according to the Uruguayan-born Clovijo, who was a member of the USA team which defeated Columbia in the 1994 World Cup, Haiti’s football is on the up and while they did not play a high brand of football in the first leg, the team has the potential to lift their game. “The aim is to beat Jamaica in Jamaica and I believe we can do it. We are familiar with the Jamaicans and know that they will be making changes to capitalise on their home advantage. But we are not too concerned… “The same way we play in front of our fans is generally the same way we play away as we get a lot of pressure from our fans. They are all expecting us to make it to the finals this year. The last time we made it was in Germany in 1974, so now 2006 it is Germany again. Talk Back

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The Whole World’s Watching
Wall Street Journal Americas – The Wall Street Journal Americas – Jun 18, 2004
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BBC SPORT | Football | African | Leroy leaves DR Congo
BBC News – Jun 18, 2004
Leroy’s departure comes as the DR Congo are preparing to take on Burkina Faso in a 2006 World Cup qualifier in Kinshasa on Sunday. Leroy has spent the last two weeks training the DR Congo in the hope that a contract could be sorted out. The two parties have failed to reach an agreement and Leroy has decided to leave for Paris on Saturday. “I’ve already booked my ticket on Air France and I fly tomorrow morning,” Leroy told BBC Sport. “I’m going because it seems to me that football is not a priority for the DRC authorities at the moment… The two parties have failed to reach an agreement and Leroy has decided to leave for Paris on Saturday. “I’ve already booked my ticket on Air France and I fly tomorrow morning,” Leroy told BBC Sport. “I’m going because it seems to me that football is not a priority for the DRC authorities at the moment.

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